I am a consultation liaison trained psychiatrist who specializes in the mental health treatment of individuals who are both psychiatrically and medically ill.
As the Director of Behavioral Health at Lightyear Health, I have stepped into the speciality of geriatric psychiatry to provide high quality treatment to individuals over 65 with a variety of diagnoses including dementia and the associated behavioral and psychological symptoms, late life depression, and aging individuals with serious mental illness.
After attending The George Washington University and completing a BS in Biology, I worked for 2 years at the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease in a lab focusing on HIV pathophysiology, and contributed to vaccine research during the H1N1 pandemic. I then attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX.
While working at a student-run free clinic that provided care to the uninsured of the county, I discovered my passion for providing health care for underserved and vulnerable populations. This led me to complete my psychiatry residency at the George Washington University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, and then a fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
My professional interests include mindfulness, health care policy, and improving the quality of healthcare in the United States. I have published several peer reviewed articles and contributed to textbooks about transplant psychiatry. I am also an active member of the American Psychiatric Association, and during my residency was awarded the prestigious APA SAMHSA Minority Fellowship which provided a grant to research the use of mindfulness in the Spanish speaking population.